My lion head is one of the largest projects in First Time Knits, but he doesn't take that long to make as he's knitted in super chunky yarn. The yarn I used is made by Rico and is a blend of acrylic and alpaca. This gives the lion a lovely texture. Also the colours are spot on! 



  • Rico - Creative Twist super chunky yarn. This yarn is made from acrylic (80%) and alpaca (20%). It has 75m (82 yds) per 100g. For this project you'll need: 1x 100g ball of main colour (the yellow), 2x 100g balls of contrast colour (the mane), 1x 100g ball of cream and a small amount of black for the nose. 


  • Lion Brand - Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super chunky yarn. This yarn can achieve the same tension when worked on 9mm needles, and also has very similar qualities to the Rico. It's made of acrylic (80%) and wool (20%). Although it comes in larger 170g balls, you'll still need the same amount of balls as I recommend in the pattern. You may be able to get away with buying only one ball of the contrast colour, but I can't guarantee it. 
  • James C. Brett - Amazon super chunky yarn. This yarn can achieve the right tension but you may have to adjust your needle size to find it, so make sure you make a tension square. It's made of acrylic (80%) and wool (20%). The shades offered are more natural. You'd need the same amount of balls as I've asked for in the pattern in the Rico yarn. 
  • Lion Brand - Hometown USA super chunky yarn. This is a good acrylic alternative. This yarn can achieve the same tension when worked on 9mm needles and has some great liony shades available. It's 100% acrylic and comes in 113g balls, so you'll need to buy the same amount of balls stated in the pattern. 


10mm (US 15) knitting needles. 


2 x 24mm toy eyes and washers
200g toy stuffing
Sincerely Louise backing board - available here Available here.
Darning needle